People who know me realize that I don’t particularly like most of the new music being released on the market, but every once in a while there are “exceptions.” This artist is actually “doing very well” and I cannot understand why other artists don’t follow his lead. The music production is “hot,” the quality of the recordings is great and he is a phenomenal artist. If others could produce music like him it might save the radio industry. Most of the product that I hear for new music sounds pretty bad (of course that is only my opinion). However, this artist kicks it out musically while the others are simply trying to figure it out. Whether you agree or disagree this song is a joy to hear and I wanted to share this today. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer:
We had a bad snowstorm last night here in Philadelphia, and that made us cancel our Wednesday night event. Not accustomed to having so much time on my hands, I tried to work on music, but I also managed to check out a movie on television. That movie was “Straight Outta Compton” which emphasized the emergence of gangsta rap and showed how it got started. On the surface the movie seemed like one more of those exploited Black films with lots of stereotypes, but the one thing that intrigued me was the “realness” of it. Gangsta rap was a part of living for many in the hood during that time, and no matter how great you were at it you could still be taken advantage of this business. It had a lot to do with drug money and freedom of speech. The main reason I mention it today was because of a certain group called NWA (Niggas with Attitude) who at one point put out a song entitled “F— the Police.” The song glorified the shooting of police and created an dangerous atmosphere of diversity. While the song appeared to be “extremely rebel” it also was an advocate for “freedom of speech.” The song was popular and the police (rightfully so) felt it was a threat to their lives through the promotion of violence. The problem was that the “more” the police tried to shut it down the “more attention and popularity” they were actually bringing to the song. This song also coincided with the LA riots and the police brutality beating of Rodney King in California which also helped to initiate the hype. Because of this the police actually contributed heavily to the popularity of the tune through their own activities. This shows the importance of music and the message that music often conveys. A great song is more than just a beat. If it reflects what people are feeling lyrically then it has the potential to be a hit (through promotion, of course). You can say what you want about rap music (or even gangsta rap) but if it sells then that must mean there is a reason behind it. I am a big advocate for “real music.” If you have not seen this movie, I invite you to check it out for yourself. The rating is extremely bad (language, nudity and violence) but that is because the movie reflects real life during that time. It also helps to show you how rap stars like Doctor Dre, Snoop Dog, and Tupac got started. To me, this was a good film, and I hope you get to check it out. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Chuck D (from Public Enemy- “Fight the Power”) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass
A lot of people take things for granted in relationships. While people may say that “love is blind” it shouldn’t mean that love is deaf and dumb also. It is important to know who you are involved with. Your very safety could depend on the choices you make. Hopefully this will help:
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Hello everyone. Just feeling in one of those moods today, and simply wanted to send one of our musical samples from a few weeks ago. This song was requested (and to be honest, we had never done this song before) so we figured we would try it out. Yes, there are some mistakes in this (but hopefully we still managed to at least capture the essence of the song). We have fun taking requests on Wednesday nights at the Crab Tavern in Darby PA (201 North Macdade Blvd from 8:00 to 12 midnight) and hopefully one day you can come join us. I am singing the lead on this particular number. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
This past weekend was “interesting” weather-wise here in Philly. On Friday we had something called a “winter bomb cyclone” (I hope I got the name right). I wasn’t sure what to make of this thing. There was lots of snow, but also we had “above average winds” accompany it. We are used to severe weather here so I had no idea what the experts were talking about. I soon “found out.” Whatever this thing was, it took “a lot” of trees and uprooted them. Many of them fell across roads and some fell on cars. I don’t think I have ever seen anything like this before (and I hope I don’t get to see it again). My brother was driving when a tree fell in front of him across a road. He had to swerve to avoid hitting it and went into the park area (where he eventually got stuck). I came out with my shovel to help him get out, but he had to be towed because he was stuck in mud. It was not a night for anyone to go out (but of course, I just HAD to go play a gig anyway). I was filling in for a bunch of guys in a band (I had never played for them before) and we had to perform at one of those casinos in Atlantic City. Atlantic City is right next to the ocean and about an hour and ten minutes from where I live. I was going to cancel but the guys in the band who lived close to the area said that the weather wasn’t as bad on that end. They were right. As I ventured along the highway towards AC the weather situation became much better. I did the gig and got back home “really late, but paid.” When it comes to weather we all need to pay close attention. Power was out in my region and lights on major roadways were out. This just let me know that no matter how secure we may think we are Mother Nature always has the final say. I am glad to be home and safe. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
David Banner, Ciara, Vickie Winans, The Williams Brother, Chuck Brown, Janet Jackson, James Ingram and Yolanda Adams with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
For my birthday I was very honored to have my daughter Jazzmin do pictures for me. We barely had enough time to shoot anything, but I did manage to get 2 nice pictures of her, and figured I would feature them today. I love music, but I also like shooting pictures (whenever possible). When I started doing the “red bass guitar series of shots, it was all intended for fun, but now people want me to keep going with this. It is not easy. As long as there are no problems I will try to make this work. I had NO problems at all with my daughter Jazzmin, and I hope you like the shots. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
I have never been one to make a big issue out of my birthday. A lot of years I would go play basketball to just “see if I lost a step.” Well, those days are most certainly over. Considering what I went through this past year my birthday feels like a great blessing. In September I had a stroke and was paralyzed on my right side. I couldn’t say the word “computer.” However, after about 3 days (and a lot of prayers from a LOT of people) I managed to walk out of that hospital very close to 100 %. In fact, I even did a gig that same night I left. To add to all of this, I have been gigging heavily since. Last night at my Wednesday Night Event it was “extremely crowded” with people who wanted to come celebrate my birthday with me. It was beautiful. I saw many balloons and a big sign with my name on it. A ton of people came up to me to wish me well and it “felt” like a truly special night. The truth of the matter is that my birthday is actually “today,” March 1. I have another gig tonight and I have no idea if people will even show up for it (Mostly everyone showed up last night). Either way I aim to have fun and “hopefully” live the day in peace. To me, that is what constitutes a great day for me. I can’t control what other people do, so hopefully I won’t be asked to explain their intentions. Also, 2 of my kids came out to see me yesterday, and that was very cool. Birthdays are land marks to your life. To reach one is special, so I don’t take this lightly at all. Thanks in advance to all those who wish me a happy birthday. Thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.